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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 16th Nov 07, 4:30 PM
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    Top Eurostar cost cutting tips
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    • 16th Nov 07, 4:30 PM
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    Top Eurostar cost cutting tips 16th Nov 07 at 4:30 PM
    Updated 6 May 2008


    If you fancy a jaunt across the channel, there are a host of ways to slash the cost of Eurostar tickets.
    • Get 2for1 Eurostar tickets from Ashford or Ebbsfleet

      Eurostar has repeated its offer of a limited number of 2for1 tickets via its website, meaning two can travel for just £58. The offer’s valid for a standard return from Ebbsfleet International to either Paris, Brussels or Lille, or from Ashford International to Paris.

      To grab your 2for1 tickets, visit the promotional page and book before 31 May 2008. The offer’s valid for travel between 6 May and 31 August 2008. Thanks to MoneySaver Moneysal for the update.
    • Get 2for1 Eurostar tickets at Kent's Bluewater Shopping Centre

      If there's no availabilty under the first offer, and you live within in travelling distance of Kent's massive Bluewater shopping centre there's an alternative. Buy anything there and you get a 2for1 Eurostar voucher, letting you buy two tickets for as little as £58. The offer’s valid for a standard return from Ebbsfleet International to either Paris, Brussels or Lille; or from Ashford International to Paris.

      To grab your 2for1 tickets, buy anything at Bluewater 1 April and 31 May 2008. Chewing gum counts. Then take the receipt down to the Eurostar shop inside the shopping centre. You'll be given a voucher with a code. To book, go to the Eurostar promotion page and enter the code.

      You have to get the voucher and book your tickets before 31 May, and the offer’s valid for travel between 6 May and 31 August 2008. Thanks to MoneySaving Piblet for the update.
    • Free train travel for Eurostar travellers to Ebbsfleet & Ashford

      Anyone with a Eurostar ticket can travel free to and from Ebbsfleet International or Ashford International, on that day. You can do it on Southeastern train services, from anywhere on the Southeastern network in Kent, East Sussex and south east London– all you need to do is show your ticket and passport. The Eurostar website has full details and a map of participating stations.

      This makes the Bluewater 2for1 offer even better value, because if even if you don't live nearby, you can travel part of the way for free if you don't mind the extra journey time.

    • Grab tickets with Nectar points

      While not the best deal out there, if you've got unused Nectar points, you can also spend these on Eurostar tickets. Standard select returns cost from 14,000 points (roughly £75 worth of points), depending on availability, to Paris, Brussels and Lille. Call Nectar to redeem this on 0870 4 100 100. Bookings must be made 14 days in advance. See full details.

      For more tricks to get more from your loyalty points read the full Loyalty Schemes article
    • Grab bargains while you’re there

      Once you’ve crossed the channel, there are some great value things to buy when you get there; as well as the usual cigarettes and alcohol. The Great ‘What to buy on a day trip to France’ Hunt has masses of MoneySavers' top tips on shopping continental style.
    • Look out for special offers

      The Telegraph newspaper often runs 2for1 Eurostar offers. We will keep you updated when there's an offer on in the free weekly MoneySaving email.
    If you have any other Eurostar cost cutting tips, please post them below. This post has been updated so some of MoneySavers' posts below may refer to an earlier offer.


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    Don't miss out on new deals, loopholes, and vouchers

    Last edited by MSE Martin; 06-05-2008 at 6:19 PM.
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  • Melodyx
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    • 19th Nov 07, 12:32 PM
    Eurostar offers
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    • 19th Nov 07, 12:32 PM
    I will certainly see if I can get one of these deals as the standard prices are so expensive. I'll have to look out for Telegraph offers (but aren't those always with hotels rather than just the travel?) Do you know when you can go to get even a single ticket for £58? I wouldn't mind spending that without an offer but whenever I've looked on the Eurostar website tickets cost at least £150 return even when I've looked a month or two ahead, and that's with no flexibiltiy. Maybe you have to go mid-week to get the cheaper prices? It still seems much cheaper to fly which is ridiculous.
    • grownup1
    • By grownup1 19th Nov 07, 12:40 PM
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    • 19th Nov 07, 12:40 PM
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    • 19th Nov 07, 12:40 PM
    I think there will be an advantage to some people in booking a through ticket from a local station because you will then not be penalised for missing your booked Eurostar departure as a result of a delayed connection (hasn't it happened to us all....). This is the GNER statement on the policy and I have heard of it applying to other companies offering through tickets.

    I don't know how good value the through tickets tend to be though.
    • alanrowell
    • By alanrowell 19th Nov 07, 5:29 PM
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    • 19th Nov 07, 5:29 PM
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    • 19th Nov 07, 5:29 PM
    Try pretending NOT to be British when using the Eurostar website.

    By clearing the Eurostar cookies from your computer you can pretend to be any nationality and gain the benefit of cheaper fares than are available to UK folk.

    Pretending to be American or Austrian seems to work best - at least the last time I checked, It's especially good for one way fares where UK folk only get the full price option

    Also Americans & other non-Europeans can book up to 9 months in advance compared to 5 months for Europeans
    • jinkssick
    • By jinkssick 20th Nov 07, 11:37 PM
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    • 20th Nov 07, 11:37 PM
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    • 20th Nov 07, 11:37 PM
    And this is even more incredible

    Free Travel with Southeastern
    To make things even easier, we’ve teamed up with Southeastern to offer free travel to all Eurostar travellers to and from local rail stations near Ebbsfleet International or to and from Ashford International from anywhere on the Southeastern network in Kent, East Sussex and south east London (London Bridge, London Victoria and others). All you have to do is show your passport and ticket or ticket confirmation/email when asked by any member of the Southeastern team.

    http://www.eurostar.com/UK/uk/leisure/travel_information/at_the_station/terminals/ebbsfleet_international.jsp

    Even when you get to Gravesend per se to get to Ebbsfleet International the fast track bus service to and from is FREE when shown with your Eurostar confirmation number.
    Save saynoto0870.com in your favorites, and stop giving companies more £££ dialling 0870 numbers when you can dial freephones or cheaper alternatives
    call your credit card company, tell them that you want to leave, 99% of the time theyll lower your APR%
    Remember when that Bank Manager or Salesperson smiles at you, all he sees is £ notes. Dont forget the motto, "the wider their grin, the more debt your in"
    • jinkssick
    • By jinkssick 20th Nov 07, 11:41 PM
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    • 20th Nov 07, 11:41 PM
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    • 20th Nov 07, 11:41 PM
    Sorry just to illiterate its:

    2 for 1 £58 booking using voucher from Bluewater. Then totally free travel from participating station all the way to Ebbsfleet International there and back on the southeastern train and then fast track bus. Thats incredible.

    How stupid sorry MSE Jenny, im a dufus, didnt see it just thought I spotted something original. But thats makes this a hella of a bargain with travel there and back sorted.
    Last edited by jinkssick; 20-11-2007 at 11:45 PM.
    Save saynoto0870.com in your favorites, and stop giving companies more £££ dialling 0870 numbers when you can dial freephones or cheaper alternatives
    call your credit card company, tell them that you want to leave, 99% of the time theyll lower your APR%
    Remember when that Bank Manager or Salesperson smiles at you, all he sees is £ notes. Dont forget the motto, "the wider their grin, the more debt your in"
    • sad_gills_fan
    • By sad_gills_fan 21st Nov 07, 8:56 AM
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    • 21st Nov 07, 8:56 AM
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    • 21st Nov 07, 8:56 AM
    The voucher that you get from the Eurostar shop at Bluewater doesn't give you an individual code as such .. it's just a password .. same on every voucher as I managed to get loads!!!

    The password is: Ebbsfleet

    Regards

    Sad Gills Fan
    Ken Livingstone is my mother
    • sad_gills_fan
    • By sad_gills_fan 21st Nov 07, 8:58 AM
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    • #8
    • 21st Nov 07, 8:58 AM
    2 for 1 password
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    • 21st Nov 07, 8:58 AM
    The voucher that you get from the Eurostar shop at Bluewater doesn't give you an individual code as such .. it's just a password .. same on every voucher as I managed to get loads!!!

    The password is: Ebbsfleet (you'll need to phone 08701 601 050)

    Or, just go to www.eurostar.com/ebbsfleet and it'll take you direct to the 2for1 deal.

    Regards

    Sad Gills Fan
    Ken Livingstone is my mother
  • BernadetteN
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    • 21st Nov 07, 10:34 AM
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    • 21st Nov 07, 10:34 AM
    Sorry just to illiterate its:

    2 for 1 £58 booking using voucher from Bluewater. Then totally free travel from participating station all the way to Ebbsfleet International there and back on the southeastern train and then fast track bus. Thats incredible.

    How stupid sorry MSE Jenny, im a dufus, didnt see it just thought I spotted something original. But thats makes this a hella of a bargain with travel there and back sorted.
    Originally posted by jinkssick
    Yes that's a great price. However, for the half million or so people living in East Kent who have had their direct Ashford to Brussels service deleted from the timetable and repaced with only one indirect service per day via Lille (which Eurostar's website refuses to sell tickets for and yes I've informed Eurostar that this indirect service will not show on their online booking system), the alternative FREE train journey to Gravesend, then FREE shuttle bus to Ebbsfleet means a total journey time now from Ashford to Brussels via Ebbsfleet now takes around 4 hours, instead of the previous 2 hours before the new timtetable. So much for the new quicker high speed service, it has now become a nightmare journey for those people who previously travelled from Ashford to Brussels.
  • Laura_Biding
    Eurostar Bargains
    I don't know whether this is still in effect but up until recently if you travelled to Brussels via Eurostar, your ticket also gave you free rail journeys anywhere on the Belgian network.
  • Rylo
    Try pretending NOT to be British when using the Eurostar website.

    By clearing the Eurostar cookies from your computer you can pretend to be any nationality and gain the benefit of cheaper fares than are available to UK folk.

    Pretending to be American or Austrian seems to work best - at least the last time I checked, It's especially good for one way fares where UK folk only get the full price option

    Also Americans & other non-Europeans can book up to 9 months in advance compared to 5 months for Europeans
    Originally posted by alanrowell
    Am wondering if I'm being a complete dunce here. I travel roughly every couple of months on the Eurostar so went in to check things out. Started off as a 'Yank' and cheapest price I could see (to Brussels) on the dates I looked was $77 each way, so a return for $154 (around £75) yet I usually book a couple of months in advance as a 'Brit' and pay £29.50 each way, £59 return. This is travelling after work on a Friday and returning Monday morning, so peak period. Tried as an 'Austrian' too but can see cheapest return at €88.50, around £62, which is still more expensive. Would appreciate if someone could let me know if they've seen better since would be great to save something. Am also a little peeved that they can book so far in advance too!
  • simonjstone
    hihtere are plent of passwords for it : ebbsfleet, continenatail ( spelling, just try thinking about it i booked mine a while back and was just typing in random eurostar realted words and it worked.
    • theloft
    • By theloft 21st Nov 07, 3:00 PM
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    My wife & I are looking for a deal on Eurostar for nextr Spring so will be keeping in touch with this thread. Great stuff, thanks all!.
    "0844 COSTS YOU MORE"
    • trisontana
    • By trisontana 21st Nov 07, 3:18 PM
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    trisontana
    I have just received a newsletter from East Midlands Trains and they are promising through tickets from such cities as Nottingham and Derby to Paris and Brussels "from £77" return. This is supposed to be starting in the near future.
    What part of "A whop bop-a-lu a whop bam boo" don't you understand?
  • pjttlk
    Parlez Vous Francais - Nasty Price!!
    through tickets from such cities as Nottingham and Derby to Paris and Brussels "from £77" return.
    Originally posted by trisontana
    Just out of curiosity I tried a google 'search this site' on 'Promotion' and 'offres' (as in French). The Paris London Fare is currently on offer from 77 EUROS return (!) How come Brits always pay over the odds to cross the channel?
    http://www.eurostar.com/FR/fr/leisure/latest_deals/NastyPrice.jsp
    May be of use to regular travellers
    "You must be really proud of your kids?"
    Yes - but it costs me a lot for them to make me proud!
  • mulerider
    I have just received a newsletter from East Midlands Trains and they are promising through tickets from such cities as Nottingham and Derby to Paris and Brussels "from £77" return. This is supposed to be starting in the near future.
    Originally posted by trisontana
    The new inclusive tickets will be available soon. I'm a train manager for EMT and can travel from Sheffield to any eurostar destination for less than £50 return (that's for my wife too). A good perk of my job now St Pancras is international.
    • Stephenbw
    • By Stephenbw 23rd Nov 07, 11:02 AM
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    I think there will be an advantage to some people in booking a through ticket from a local station because you will then not be penalised for missing your booked Eurostar departure as a result of a delayed connection (hasn't it happened to us all....). This is the GNER statement on the policy and I have heard of it applying to other companies offering through tickets.

    I don't know how good value the through tickets tend to be though.
    Originally posted by grownup1
    There are some examples of prices and journey times from regional stations here.
    http://ukirelandtravel.suite101.com/article.cfm/cheap_rail_tickets_direct_to_paris
  • confused1
    Blow Kent travellers
    I agree completely. With the Ashford line now being reduced to almost non existent, we find travelling on Eurostar more inconvenient than ever before. Sad, but won't be doing it from now.


    Yes that's a great price. However, for the half million or so people living in East Kent who have had their direct Ashford to Brussels service deleted from the timetable and repaced with only one indirect service per day via Lille (which Eurostar's website refuses to sell tickets for and yes I've informed Eurostar that this indirect service will not show on their online booking system), the alternative FREE train journey to Gravesend, then FREE shuttle bus to Ebbsfleet means a total journey time now from Ashford to Brussels via Ebbsfleet now takes around 4 hours, instead of the previous 2 hours before the new timtetable. So much for the new quicker high speed service, it has now become a nightmare journey for those people who previously travelled from Ashford to Brussels.
    Originally posted by BernadetteN
    • Victors_Bruvver
    • By Victors_Bruvver 23rd Nov 07, 1:03 PM
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    I think there will be an advantage to some people in booking a through ticket from a local station because you will then not be penalised for missing your booked Eurostar departure as a result of a delayed connection (hasn't it happened to us all....). This is the GNER statement on the policy and I have heard of it applying to other companies offering through tickets.

    I don't know how good value the through tickets tend to be though.
    Originally posted by grownup1
    Very sad that it has taken GNER, and possibly loads of other TOCs, to wait for the opening of St Pancras as they have never, to my knowledge, actively promoted the fact that you could have bought a 'London International CIV' ticket and receive exactly the same protection on your journey to connect with Eurostar and vice versa. All those hundreds, and possibly thousands, of travellers in the past who have never had the opportunity to buy these tickets and missed out because they were not informed of their existence - shame on you GNER.
    • trisontana
    • By trisontana 23rd Nov 07, 1:33 PM
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    trisontana
    Of course GNER will be no more after December 8th. I hope that the new Franchise (National Express East Coast) will be offering through-tickets ASAP.
    What part of "A whop bop-a-lu a whop bam boo" don't you understand?
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